Breakdown of NBA Trade Deadline Moves

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Jeff Green traded to Clippers

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone.

Sure, none of the big name guys such as Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Al Horford and etc weren’t dealt.

However, some contenders made moves in hopes of getting them to the next level, while some of the bottom feeders looked to free up more cap space.

Mar 19, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first quarter at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As far as name value goes, Markieff Morris heading to DC was the biggest move of the day.

Before the season, Washington was looked at as one of the teams to potentially give LeBron and Cleveland a run for their money come playoff time.

Thus far, Washington has greatly underachieved, as they currently as the 10th seed in the eastern conference. Having said that, John Wall and company are only five behind Miami, who is currently holding down the fifth seed.

For a team in desperate need of turning things around, it’s easy to see why Washington pulled the trigger here.

Morris will bring instant offense and he’s capable of spreading the floor, which should create open driving lanes for Wall.

In return, Phoenix received Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and a first round pick.

Lance Stephenson traded

Doc Rivers really loves Jeff Green.

This is the second time Rivers has traded for Green in the past five years.

As everyone knows by now, Lance Stephenson just wasn’t a good fit with a team full of ball handlers.

To be quite frank, Stephenson hasn’t fitted anywhere not named Indiana.

Having said that, this move screams ‘desperate’.

Why?

Well, trading for Jeff Green straight up for Stephenson would’ve been a good deal, but the fact Los Angeles was forced to give up a first round pick makes the deal not as sweet if you’re the Clippers.

Really good move for Memphis, however.

Foye traded to OKC

It was very quiet on the Oklahoma City front until today.

What does this mean for OKC?

Well, Foye provides them a capable shooter from the perimeter, but maybe more importantly, he’ll be able to matchup with bigger guards defensively.

Channing Frye traded

It was just a matter of time before Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan shipped Channing Frye off.

Frye provides Cleveland with another guy capable of spreading the floor. It’ll be interesting to see if him and Love play together at times, although it’ll cause major problems defensively.

 

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  1. How the Cavs better with a 6’10 old role player? Frye will not be able to run the court with GS, SA or OKC. If Cavs never trade Andrew Wiggins they are as good as the Warriors right now. Love for Wiggins trade will eventually go down as the worse trade in NBA history if Cavs can’t win a championship.

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